Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Judge disputes state’s execution of convicted rapist-murderer

A federal appeals court judge says a convicted rapist-murderer who was executed at San Quentin in 1998 was “likely innocent” of a capital crime and was put to death only because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that barred a lower court from considering the merits of his case.

The comments by Judge Stephen Reinhardt in a newly published Michigan Law Review article are the latest salvo in a controversy about Thomas Thompson, one of 13 Californians executed since 1992 under the current death penalty law and the only one whose guilt has been seriously disputed.

More:  http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Judge-says-California-executed-man-who-6300005.php

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